Members of the House are getting ready to vote on a heavily revised version of H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act bill, today, after getting the text late last night.
The House Rules Committee posted what appears to be the final version of the text here.
At press time, members of the House debating the bill on the House floor. Live video of House floor action is available here. The final vote on the bill could occur around 4 p.m. EDT today.
House leaders are using a special, expedited, “martial law rule” process to rush the bill to the House floor.
It’s not clear whether the Republican supporters of the bill have enough votes to pass it.
Mick Mulvaney, the Trump administration’s director of the Office of Management and Budget, told CNBC today that the administration wants the House to vote on the bill today.
Many members of the Freedom Caucus, a group for free-market Republicans, appeared to oppose the bill earlier this week. Some Freedom Caucus members, such as Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., seemed to be warming up to the bill Thursday, or at least to be keeping their latest thoughts to themselves, but others, such as Rep. Justin Amash, R-N.C., have continued to speak out against it.
Amash objected to the process the House is using to consider the bill.
“We must have the opportunity to read and understand the final bill before we vote,” Amash tweeted. “It’s irresponsible to do otherwise.”
Earlier this morning, the House Rules Committee, the panel that decides how bills reach the floor, agreed 9-3, with a pure party-line vote, to let the bill come up on the floor today, with fours for debate split evenly between the Republicans and the Democrats.
Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., read the rule aloud. He gave a description of the final text that referred to “Part A in the Rules Committee report, modified by the amendment printed in part B” and provided that “the amendment printed in part C of the Rules Committee report, modified by the amendments printed in part D and part E of the report, shall be considered as adopted.”
Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., complained about how Republicans have assembled the bill.
“There are fixes to the fixes to the fixes,” McGovern said.